May 30, 2014
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BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation for the Election Commission of Pakistan

As part of IFES program the Support for Electoral Reform in Pakistan (SERP) initiated in April 2012, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), in cooperation with the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP), organised a BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation workshop between 14-16 April 2014 in Lahore, Pakistan.


May 14, 2014

BRIDGE Voter Registration workshop conducted in Pakistan

The workshop took place in Islamabad and was attended by members of provincial commissions and electoral administration officials from ECP.

May 14, 2014

BRIDGE Electoral Technologies workshop took place in Karachi, Pakistan

BRIDGE Electoral Technologies workshop conducted for the senior election officials from Pakistan

April 30, 2014

Enhancing Women’s Political Participation in Kazakhstan

UN Women conducted a workshop with members of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan

April 9, 2014

Enhancing Capacity of Election Monitoring Organisations

UNDP Georgia, with financial assistance of EU and in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Georgia

April 1, 2014


Two workshops were conducted from 3-7 March and 10-13 March 2014 in Dili at the Joao Paulo II training centre in Rai Kotu

February 21, 2014

Gender & Elections Studied in Turkmenistan

First-ever BRIDGE Gender and Elections workshop took place in Ashgabat during 11-13 February 2014.

January 21, 2014

BRIDGE in Tonga

As part of the Australian Government's longstanding support on governance to Tonga, funding has been provided to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and the Tongan Electoral Commission (TEC) to develop electoral education programs for use in schools and the Tongan community.

January 21, 2014

Building a Network of Civic Educators in Bhutan

The Election Commission of Bhutan towards building a network of civic educators, engaged a network of people in the Bhutanese education system for delivery of Democracy Civic Education in the country.

November 29, 2013
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PIANZEA sees double

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), on behalf of the PIANZEA Secretariat, conducted consecutive, identical BRIDGE workshops in Brisbane, Australia on 4-7 November 2013 and 11-14 November 2013.

October 23, 2013

First Accredited Facilitator from Myanmar

Aye Yu Thwe is the first fully accredited BRIDGE facilitator from Myanmar

October 8, 2013

Preparing Elections in Turkmenistan

UNDP Turkmenistan, in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan, organized the 3-day Electoral Contestants workshop for the group of electoral administration officials and representatives of political parties during 24-26 Sept 2013 at President Hotel, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

August 16, 2013

IFES Brings BRIDGE to Myanmar

As part of its electoral support work with the Union Election Commission (UEC), IFES Myanmar brought BRIDGE to Myanmar for the first time by conducting a TTF in the capital Nay Pi Taw from 23 July to 2 August 2013.

July 29, 2013

BRIDGE in Bougainville and Fiji gains momentum….

My recent scoping mission visit to Buka and Arawa in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific project focusing on gender and local government allowed me to catch up with some of the 2011 BRIDGE facilitators in the region.

July 23, 2013

Election Training module for Bangladesh

In the run-up to parliamentary elections due by early 2014, UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral Management in Bangladesh project is supporting the Election Commission of Bangladesh to conduct BRIDGE training modules and develop a pool of accredited facilitators.

July 9, 2013

Engaging on Gender in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's millions of voters will go to the polls by early 2014 to elect a new parliament,  but many fear that here will be a critical choice missing from most of the ballots - that is the option to vote for a woman candidate.

May 20, 2013

New Officials for the Nepal Electoral Commission!

The Election Commission of Nepal with funding support from IFES organized three days workshop for seventeen (two women) new officers joined the Commission recently.

April 10, 2013

A PIANZEA TTF in One of the World’s Smallest Nations – Niue

As part of the reinvigoration of the Pacific Island, Australian and New Zealand Electoral Administrator’s (PIANZEA) Network and as an integral element of the current 3-year plan for PIANZEA, a BRIDGE TTF was conducted on the beautiful Island nation of Niue from 18 February to 1 March 2013.

January 29, 2013

Mohammad Hashim Samim 1974 – 2013

It is very sad to write that one of our best colleagues and BRIDGE facilitator passed away on 11 January 2013.

January 20, 2013

Facilitators, Training and Nepal

A BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) Program was organized from 23 November 2012 to 04 December 2012.


December 19, 2012

Political Parties in Paro

Joint Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Electoral Commission of Bhutan (ECB), AusAID Funded, BRIDGE Workshop for Political Parties, Paro, Bhutan
19 – 23 November 2012

December 13, 2012

BRIDGE and The Nation with 1192 Islands

Nearly five years ago the Island Republic of the Maldives introduced multi-party elections under a comprehensive national Constitution reform agenda.

November 18, 2012

BRIDGE Gender and Election for Choiseul Province

A five days Gender and Election training workshop was held in Taro, Solomon Islands from 29 October-2 November, 2012 for Choiseul Provincial Council of Women and their stakeholders. 

October 11, 2012

BRIDGE in Bhutan comes to the East!

In Bhutan, the region referred to as the East is the most remote, exquisitely beautiful and also the most populous. 

October 9, 2012

BRIDGE Brings PIANZEA Nations Together Again

PIANZEA (the Pacific Island, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators’ Network) has been in operation for some 15 years.

October 4, 2012

BRIDGE in Rising To Management

In October 2011 the Australian Electoral Commission commenced the first Rising to Management (R2M) program.

October 3, 2012

Bangladesh’s Lively TtF!

Bangladesh Election Commission Officers participated in a lively Train the Facilitator workshop at a Government Training Centre in Dhaka from 18th to 28th September 2012. 

October 3, 2012

Bangladesh: Legal Framework

Legal Framework Module Bangladesh Election Commission 3 – 5 September 2012.

September 18, 2012

BRIDGE Voter Registration Training in Kabul

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support of UNDP/ELECT conducted the BRIDGE Voter Registration Program

September 17, 2012

BRIDGE Voter Information, Civic Education and Election Study Program

The BRIDGE Voter Information, Civic Education and Election Study Program held in Darwin

September 6, 2012

BRIDGE in Bali!

In collaboration with the General Elections Commission (KPU) the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Indonesia Office conducted a Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) workshop at the Ayodya Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali, from 2 July 2012 to 13 July 2012. Funding for this capacity building program in electoral administration was provided by AusAID, as part of the Australian Government’s continuing support for Indonesia.

September 3, 2012

BRIDGE Gender & Elections Training Impacts YWPG

The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group further their knowledge on Gender issues affecting women securing leadership roles after undertaking the three day Bridge Gender and Elections Training provided by UN Women Gender Equality and Political Governance program which ended on Wednesday the 22nd August 2012. 

June 28, 2012

A triumphant return to Sydney!

NSW State Office hosted a four day BRIDGE workshop for Introduction to Electoral Administration from 5 June to 8 June 2012.

June 27, 2012

Bhutan takes 5 new steps…

On 9 June 2012 Bhutan took 5 new steps along the democracy road!  

June 27, 2012

Using BRIDGE to Develop Voter Education Programs in Bhutan

Bhutan’s democracy has come a long way in a short time and it has done so in a climate of peace and relative national harmony.

May 14, 2012

Kabul Dispute Resolution Training

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support of UNDP/ELECT organized the BRIDGE Election Dispute Resolution training program from 5-8 May 2012 in Kabul at IEC head quarter.

May 7, 2012

Afghanistan Welcomes BRIDGE Training

Following conducting a BRIDGE training program for different civil society organizations and political parties, The Asia Foundation (TAF) once again convened a BRIDGE (Electoral System) training for the next batch of afghan political party representatives from 31 March - 05 April 2012 in Kabul.

May 4, 2012

Using BRIDGE to build a Voter Education Program for Vanuatu

For many years the Vanuatu Elections Office has been interested in developing a Voter Education program that would be appropriate to the Vanuatu context. Following a Gender and Elections BRIDGE module conducted in Port Vila at the end of 2010, the issue was again raised by the then Principal Electoral Officer.

April 26, 2012

Workshops in the Kingdom of Bhutan!

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) together conducted a 3-day BRIDGE Electoral Contestants module workshop from 19 to 21 March 2012 at the Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro. 

April 18, 2012

Dispute Resolution and Observation Workshop in Nepal

Electoral Dispute Resolution and Electoral Observation in any election are very crucial to handle and manage. Both are very important because observation always monitor the integrity of the electoral process and thereby assess the credibility of process whereas EDR ultimately safeguards the integrity and credibility of the process.

March 20, 2012

A Lively TtF in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Election Commission Officers and staff from the UNDP's Supporting Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) team participated in a lively Train the Facilitator workshop at a Government Training Centre in Dhaka from 4th to 16th March 2012.

March 15, 2012

1st Ever BRIDGE Workshop for Vanuatu Voter Registration Officers

A first of its kind weeklong BRIDGE Gender and Elections workshop aimed to gender sensitize Voter Registration Coordinators (RCs), Registration Officers (ROs) and Assistant Registration Officers (AROs) for three SANMA Province constituencies of Santo, Malo/Aore and Luganville before registration commenced in preparation for October 2012 General Elections.

March 1, 2012

Significant steps – New facilitators in Bhutan

The Democratic Constitutional Monarchy of Bhutan took another important step forward in February 2012 with the completion of the inaugural BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop in Phuntsholing.

February 28, 2012

BRIDGE TtF returns to Melbourne

Ten years after the first BRIDGE TtF workshop was conducted, the 80th TtF was held in Melbourne from 6 to 17 February 2012. It has been more than 3½ years since the last TtF workshop was held in Australia and it was pleasing to see it back to where it all started.

January 12, 2012

BRIDGE Workshop in the Electoral Education and Information Center (EEIC) in Nepal

The Election Commission of Nepal is pushing and probing itself as a dynamic and capable professional institution in the field of election management through its diverse nature of activities.

December 6, 2011

BRIDGE Stakeholders Workshop in Bhutan

What does it mean in an electoral context to be a stakeholder? This question was posed to the group gathered for the BRIDGE Stakeholders Module in Thimphu from 21-25 November 2011.

November 17, 2011

Media and Elections Modules Conducted in Dili Timor-Leste

So I am finally travelling to Dili to work with Ross and Augusto on BRIDGE! It is a long time since I first met Augusto at a TTF in Melbourne and I have fond memories of his friendship and good humour.

November 4, 2011

Another Successive Module Training: From an Island in the West to an Island in the East

Another successive trainings, only 2 days apart were again conducted In Indonesia under the KPU-AEC BRIDGE banner.

November 3, 2011

BRIDGE Goes to Sumatera and Kalimantan

Since the beginning of the Indonesia General Election Commission (KPU) BRIDGE program back in 2009, the venue has never before been in these islands: Sumatera and Kalimantan.

November 3, 2011

Two Back to Back Module Training in Neighboring Provinces

Since the conduct of the Module Training in Lombok in May 2011, the Indonesia General Election Commission (KPU) and the AEC BRIDGE program has come into a full speed.

October 31, 2011

Gender and Elections Workshop in Nepal

Election Commission of Nepal and the UNDP Electoral Support Programme for Nepal hosted a BRIDGE workshop to pilot the model 3 day agenda on Gender and Elections

October 17, 2011

BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshop Central Province, Papua New Guinea 3 – 7 October 2011

Sub-Regional National Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections, BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshop for the Civil Society organizations in NCD and Central Provinces.

October 6, 2011

Civic Education and Voter Information modules. Bhutan, September 2011.

Civic Education and Voter Information modules. Bhutan, September 2011.

October 3, 2011

Media and Elections Workshop in Portuguese and Tetum in Timor Leste

From 15 to 22 September, the BRIDGE workshop on Media and Elections was conducted simultaneously in Portuguese and in Tetum in Dili, Timor Leste, in the context of the Project in Support of the 2010-2013 Electoral Cycles

September 23, 2011

BRIDGE Electoral Systems and Gender for EMB and stakeholders in Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme held an Electoral Systems and Gender workshop from 5th – 9th September 2011 for Electoral Management Body (EMB) and stakeholders in Honiara, Solomon Islands.   

September 7, 2011

Civic Education Modules Conducted in Dili Timor-Leste

Two Civic Education Module workshops were conducted in Dili East Timor for participants

September 2, 2011

AEC and VEC BRIDGE Introduction workshop

The BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration module was run as a three day workshop in Melbourne

August 23, 2011

Report on the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) Course held in Nepal

The Electoral Commission of Nepal - ECN in conjunction with International Foundation for Electoral Systems- IFES organised a BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) course on 27 June – 08 July 2011 in Godavari Village Resort at Lalitpur

August 17, 2011

BRIDGE in Portuguese in Timor Leste – A TTF in the Timorese capital, Dili

From 1 to 12 August, the first BRIDGE course in Portuguese was conducted in the seaside capital of Timor Leste, Dili.

August 9, 2011

BRIDGE Implementation in Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme successfully hosted a three days BRIDGE Implementation training workshop from August 1 – 3 in the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara.

August 5, 2011

21 Bouganvilleans get International Accreditation as Elections and Gender Facilitators

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) ends the first BRIDGE

August 1, 2011

Another Double Introductory Module Conducted In Timor-Leste

As part of the Australian Government’s longstanding support for East Timor, funding was provided by AusAID to conduct training to further develop the capacity of electoral administration in Timor-Leste.

July 28, 2011

BRIDGE Gender and Election in Makira-Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme conducted a BRIDGE Gender and Election workshop in Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province from 11th – 15th July 2011.

July 27, 2011

BRIDGE – Gender and Elections

The Election Commission of Bhutan conducted a 5 day BRIDGE Gender and Election module training workshop at Hotel Holiday Home, Paro, Bhutan from 27 to 31 December 2010.

July 20, 2011

Boundary Delimitation Workshop in Australia

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) conducted a BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation workshop in Melbourne from 06 - 08 July 2011.

July 5, 2011

Introductory Collaborative Workshop in Thimphu, Bhutan June 2011

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) together conducted BRIDGE training

July 1, 2011

The Third TtF in Kabul in June 2011

After conducting TtFs in Afghanistan in 2006 and in 2007 the IEC (Independent Election Commission) have followed this up with several BRIDGE workshops.

June 3, 2011

BRIDGE Electoral Systems Module in Australia

From April 11- 13, 2011 delegates from the PIANZEA Network gathered in Brisbane Australia to participate in the BRIDGE Electoral Systems module.

May 9, 2011

BRIDGE’s Gender and Election Module reaches Binu Community, Solomon Islands

The four facilitators travelled and lived with the community for five days at Binu village on the island of Guadalcanal.

May 4, 2011

TtF – Com, Timor Leste

The first BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) workshop in Timor Leste was conducted in Com in April 2011.


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